Sports

Diekroeger makes his mark with a big game in Stanford's victory

 

Menlo School grad Mikey Diekroeger, following in the footsteps of older brothers Kenny and Danny, made his own kind of music Friday.

The freshman infielder drove in three runs on three hits to help the Stanford baseball team down host Rice, 5-3, in the opener of a four-game nonconference series.


Mikey Diekroeger. Photo by Norbert von der Groeben/Isiphotos.com.
Sophomore right-hander Cal Quantrill earned his second consecutive victory after pitching seven strong innings. He struck out seven before handing the ball over to Colton Hock, who threw two scoreless innings for his second save.

Freshman first baseman Matt Winaker added three hits to his rapidly growing collection and improved his team-leading batting average to .394.

He also leads the Cardinal (5-4) with seven runs, two homers, eight RBI and a .727 slugging percentage. He's tied for the lead in doubles and triples.

Stanford scored four runs in the first, two on Diekroeger's double. Diekroeger's infield hit in the third plated another run. The former Knight entered play with one hit among his first 12 at bats.

Alex Dunlap, with his third double of the season, drove in Stanford's first run. Jonny Locher added an RBI in the inning.

Rice rallied to within 5-3 after three innings, but both pitching staffs were up to the challenge the rest of the way.

Quantrill, with an ERA of 1.93, allowed two hits after the third and retired the final eight batters he faced.

Cardinal freshmen accounted for 10 of the team's 13 hits. Quinn Brodey had two, while Beau Branton and Bryce Carter each singled once to join Diekroeger and Winaker.

Stanford and Rice continue the series at Reckling Park tomorrow for a doubleheader starting at noon. Marc Brakeman (0-1, 1.50) will get the ball in the first game.

Menlo 9, Grace 1

Alex Boucher doubled twice among his three hits and drove in four runs, supporting Thomas Cox's complete game effort on Friday.

The Oaks (12-6) and visiting Royals (2-5) continue their series with a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. Brett Solano (4-0, 3.41) starts the first game, with Nate Harris (0-3, 5.29) slated to start the nightcap.

Cox (3-0, 2.50) set a high standard with his eight-hitter. The junior lefthander struck out a season-high 10 and did not issue a walk.

He pitched his way out of a no-out, bases-loaded jam in the fifth, thanks in large part to second baseman Nick Quejado, who a line drive up the middle and turned it into an inning-ending double play.

Boucher drove in Menlo's first run with a second-inning double. He added a bases-clearing double in the seventh to become the sixth Menlo player to drive in at least 10 runs.

Wes Hoskins, who is hitting .424, paces the Oaks with 18 RBI. He also leads the team with 10 doubles.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

We can't do it without you.
Support local journalism.

Comments

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Don't be the last to know

Get the latest headlines sent straight to your inbox every day.

Beer and brats: Ludwig's German Table coming to Mountain View
By Elena Kadvany | 4 comments | 3,153 views

The Other Greenhouse Gas
By Sherry Listgarten | 8 comments | 1,689 views

Who Pays for Palo Alto Schools
By Steve Levy | 29 comments | 1,596 views

Couples: Mirror, Mirror on the . . . Fight?!
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,388 views

Know Before You Buy: Understanding Senior Living Facility Agreements
By Max Greenberg | 0 comments | 852 views

 

Short story writers wanted!

The 33rd Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult (15-17) and Teen (12-14) categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by March 29. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category.

Contest Details